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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianisoutside View Post
    Yea those are some small tabs and tightly grouped to be soldering.
    It's best to separately melt solder into the wire and the opposite mounting surface first. The penny picture looks like your trying to wrap the wire around the tab and then solder?


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    This is why I can't stay focused. Little lady bought this for my birthday. I wonder if it will land on the yak?




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    Below is a slight modification to the lighting install that I would recommend and is pretty easy to do. As I'm sure you are aware by now the only thing holding these lights in place is a strip of 3M double sided tape. Now if installed correctly, and you need to follow the instructions exactly, it works pretty good. I found after repeated banging around the fronts of mine started coming loose and this was my fix. I cut a short piece of nylon strap and rounded off the corners followed by heat treating the edges. Then attached to the boat using SS screws and deck washers to finish the look. For added security you can do the same thing on the other side, but I have not found this to be necessary.

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    Here is a pic of mine in action. I have one switch to control the exterior lights and one for the cockpit lights. Another upgrade I would recommend is to invest in high quality switches. The provided switches work fine at first, but after repeated use in the bay or ocean they are going to fail. After the first one failed I replaced one, then after the second failed I replaced the remaining two switches. Now all three are these https://www.westmarine.com/buy/cole-...eIYaAjW98P8HAQ. They are expensive, but I have not had a problem since.

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    Good luck with the rest of your install, shoot me a pm if you have questions.
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    Thanks John! Having the information on the switches would have been helpful. The ones I ordered are supposed to be marine grade. I went ahead and ordered one from West Marine for my master switch. i can see where that retaining strap in the front will come in handy. What I love about this site is somebody is always building a better mousetrap! I may try to get some fishing in this weekend so the light mod is going on the back burner for now until I can get my current switches soldered up correctly. Thanks for the input.

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    FYI, you can find those switches cheaper if you look around a little. I don't remember what I paid or where I got them, but West Marine is over priced on everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silasvirus82 View Post
    FYI, you can find those switches cheaper if you look around a little. I don't remember what I paid or where I got them, but West Marine is over priced on everything.
    Took my switches to a car audio install place. It's funny, there are very few electronics repair shops still around. Anyways, they did a great job and I should be back in business soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AintMisBehavin View Post
    Took my switches to a car audio install place. It's funny, there are very few electronics repair shops still around. Anyways, they did a great job and I should be back in business soon!
    Might consider trying some plasti dip on those connectors to seal from moisture. When I removed the two that failed from my boat it was the inside that showed all the corrosion. Could have been due to water seeping from the top, but either way can't hurt. If you look at the switches I bought to replace them the entire thing is sealed with a similar material.
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    IMG_3754.jpgIMG_3759.jpg started to install the lights on my yak. I think they are too bright. Will probably kill my night vision so i plan to cut off a few lights from the strip. I plan to have the rear deck lights on a different switch as my front deck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaspratt View Post
    IMG_3754.jpgIMG_3759.jpg started to install the lights on my yak. I think they are too bright. Will probably kill my night vision so i plan to cut off a few lights from the strip. I plan to have the rear deck lights on a different switch as my front deck.
    Have you thought of putting a strip of window tint on them?


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    Nah i havent, these led strips are nice, you just cut a few and your done. Easier than tint.IMG_3758.jpg this is how bright it was with just one strip. The previous photo i posted only has 3 leds on the strip
    Jason

    -2017 ivory dune pro angler 12' with micro power pole, Lowrance Elite7 ti, boonedox landing gear
    -2015 olive outback with Lowrance Hook7, seadek kit
    -Orange Heritage featherlite

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    Plan on doing a complete mock install with switches to make sure everything works and then proceed with the plasti dip. I should have some left over from my rod holder project.

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